DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two male suspects wanted in connection to a non-fatal shooting of a transgender woman that occurred on the city’s west side.
On Friday, November 17, 2017 at approximately 1:45 am, in the 17800 block of Woodward, across from Palmer Park, in front of a closed GreenLight location, two suspects exited a vehicle, one armed with a rifle, took a 36 year old female victim’s purse and shot the victim when she attempted to flee. The victim has been identified as Carlos Driscoll. Driscoll was hit four times in the back and once in the left arm.
The suspects escaped the scene an orange or red SUV, a short pursuit occurred in the area of Russell and Canfield. The vehicle jumped a curb and struck a concrete barrier in the area of Russell and Leyland at that time the suspects exited the vehicle and fled on foot. DPD was able to detain one suspect and recover the rifle. The suspect in-custody was wearing University of Michigan pants in the video above.
Carlos Driscoll is currently in serious condition at Henry Ford Hospital and lucky to be alive. She has two bullets lodged near her spine. At this time she also has lost feeling in her left side. It is not known yet if that can be reversed.
Questions have been asked of why is it important to highlight that the person was transgender? The LGBTQ community has lived and worked in the Palmer Park area for decades. There have been previous murders in that very area of transgender people. One of the more infamous was that in 2013. The victim’s body was found in a trash can on November 8th by a mother and son looking for bottles and scraps in trash cans. The discovery was made around 4:30 p.m., in the alley near Parkhurst and Woodward, just north of McNichols. That murder remains unsolved.
If anyone recognizes these suspects or has any information pertaining to this crime please call Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5840 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.